A large protest outside of the Arizona state capitol threatened to breach the entryway, trapping senators inside until heavily armed police were able to disperse the crowd with tear gas.
The protest was in response to the Supreme Court releasing a ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade and sent the power to regulate abortions back to the states. The angry mob tried to enter the building by breaking windows and pushing down doors.
Local law enforcement ordered the senators inside the building to shelter in place, telling them not to exit. The lawmakers moved to an interior room where the people’s business continued as votes were held on proposed legislation. One such vote included an expansion of the state’s school voucher system.
As the senators continued to work, SWAT team members from the Department of Public Safety fired tear gas at the assembled protesters. This had the intended effect of breaking up the crowd but did not end the unrest. Members of the mob defaced the Arizona Peace Officers Memorial in response to the police aggression.
There are also pro-life rallies in Arizona planned to celebrate the overturning of Roe. This weekend a “Life is Louder” gathering is planned, showing support for the ruling. Similar gatherings are planned for 32 other states.
Now that the decision has been made at the federal level, you can expect there to be varying levels of activism on both sides of the issue, aiming at influencing state legislatures to increase or decrease regulations.
In hard-core liberal bastions like California and New York, it is unlikely that there will be any change in the abortion laws. Indeed, laws may be passed not only increasing access, but making it more inviting for people to travel for so-called “abortion tourism.”
Once the violence and emotion calm down, expect the political battles to continue.